This week on SmackDown Live, there was a Gauntlet Match to determine the number one contender for the WWE Championship and the winner as quite unexpected. It isn't that Rusev (Day) doesn't deserve a title shot, but fans thought he didn't have a chance against The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Big E, and Samoa Joe. Still, Rusev took the victory and will face AJ Styles for the WWE Title at Extreme Rules and they've now taken their new feud to Twitter.
For anyone who follows along with the social media accounts of WWE superstars, some of them are active on them and then, there are people like Rusev. Not only does he almost constantly post on Twitter, but he interacts with fans and even goes after other superstars to keep his character going all the time.
After Rusev won the Gauntlet Match, things immediately started to become a fire as AJ Styles came out to the ring to congratulate his Extreme Rules opponent. As Styles went to shake the hand of Aiden English, the singing superstar tried to make a fool of the WWE Champion and was slapped in the face.
From that point on, the feud has really begun building to what could end up being a very interesting program.
On Friday, AJ Styles took to Twitter to talk about his upcoming match against Rusev at Extreme Rules and he tried to keep it civil.As Wrestling Inc. pointed out, Rusev obviously noticed the tweet from the WWE Champion and he couldn't just let it go by without saying something in return. Instead of keeping things civil, Ruse decided to take a bit of a shot at AJ Styles which is more fitting of the "Bulgarian Brute." While fans would have been thrilled to see Samoa Joe or Big E or The Miz or Daniel Bryan win the number one contender spot for the WWE Title, they were not disappointed with Rusev as the victor. He has certainly earned it as he's one of the most popular superstars on the entire roster and extremely talented as well.
Confirmed card for Extreme Rules as of June 23, 2018:
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Rusev
- Raw Women's Championship: Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Nia Jax
- Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley vs. TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD vs. TBD - Winner to face Brock Lesnar for WWE Universal Championship